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    Do We Really Need Perfect Racks in 9 Ball?

    Do we really need perfect racks in 9 Ball? Why do the racks have to be perfect? Reading imperfect racks is a skill that's very much a part of the game. Yes, I know how it started --- back when players started taking 15 minutes to rack the balls. But years before players started getting...
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    Public vs. PMs

    I have a question for those who ask questions in the Ask the Instructor Forum. After you've asked a question in the forum, do you get private messages from people? I'm thinking that happens quite often. Am I wrong?
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    PBIA Instructor Code of Conduct

    Below is the PBIA (or BCA) instructor code of conduct. I don't believe it's ever been posted here. If you catch a PBIA instructor bad-mouthing a fellow instructor, they are in violation of the code. Please report them to the BCA. --- And the person being bad-mouthed probably wouldn't mind a...
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    Free pool lesson Dec 19th or 20th

    I'm offering a free pool lesson in the NYC area for anyone who may be off work on Monday or Tuesday, Dec 19th and 20th, early afternoon. I'll be training an instructor and would like them to observe me working with a player. Evenings are not an option, unfortunately, which is why I'm reaching...
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    Are League Playoffs Fair?

    Are league playoffs fair? Some years ago, I played in a 14.1 league, and after 12 weeks, I won my division. I received zero dollars and no trophy for winning my division. I was then informed that there would be playoffs to follow. I was placed in a single-elimination chart along with 16 other...
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    14.1 -- Placement of the Players and Prize Fund

    Does anyone know exactly how it is determined how the players are placed in their brackets in the 14.1 event? I'm referring to every single player, from the top - down. Also, what is the prize fund breakdown formula? In order for any event to be legitimate, there has to be a predetermined...
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    Hotel Kick-backs to Tournament Promoters

    A frequent practice in organizing a big event is for the promoter to receive a kick-back from the hotels where the players are staying. The hotel may increase its rates to compensate for the kick-back. That means that the players are paying more than just their entry fee. They're also...
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    The process of Improving

    Are you having difficulty trying to figure out how to improve? Here is an excerpt from an article we shared with our Performance Under Fire workshop group last week: "James Clear Entrepreneur, weightlifter, and travel photographer at JamesClear.com Why Trying to Be Perfect Won't Help You...
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    Last Call for Performance Under Fire Workshop

    We have14 registered with 2 spots left for our Performance Under Fire Workshop with Karen Corr and Fran Crimi. The theme of the workshop is on how to bring your best game to the competitive arena. Online registration is now closed, but if you want to join, send me a PM. It will be this...
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    Last Call for Performance Under Fire Workshop

    We have14 registered with 2 spots left for our Performance Under Fire Workshop with Karen Corr and Fran Crimi. The theme of the workshop is on how to bring your best game to the competitive arena. Online registration is now closed, but if you want to join, send me a PM. It will be this...
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    Performance Under Fire Workshop

    Just wanted to mention in the main forum that Karen Corr and I are giving a 4-hour workshop at Amsterdam Billiards on January 19th. The workshop is titled: Performance Under Fire, and is geared toward helping players bring out their best game in competition. The workshop fee is $130. PM me...
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    Karen and Fran Workshop Info

    I promised everyone info on our workshop and here it is: It's called: Performance Under Fire --- designed to help you bring your best game to the competitive arena, even if you're just competing against friends. Taught by myself and Karen Corr One of the workshop highlights is that you will...
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    Karen and Fran Workshop Info

    I promised everyone info on our workshop and here it is: It's called: Performance Under Fire --- designed to help you bring your best game to the competitive arena, even if you're just competing against friends. Taught by myself and Karen Corr One of the workshop highlights is that you will...
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    AccuStats Statement Regarding Royalties

    Word of this discussion must have reached Pat Fleming. I received this in an email from him today: "Dear Fran, Regarding the player royalties debate on AZ Forums, in your defense, you are absolutely correct. Over the years, Accu-Stats has paid out over $150,000 to players as royalties for...
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    14.1 ----101

    There are no races in a game of 14.1 There are points. Please show a little respect for the game and get the terminology right. For example: The competitors were playing a 150-point game, not a race to 150.
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    Ask me too

    HI All, This thread is for questions for the rest of us instructors. Everyone, feel free to ask away and all instructors are welcomed to jump in with a response.
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    Karen corr and fran crimi workshops

    BREAKING NEWS --- Starting in Sept. 2013, a series of workshops taught by Karen Corr and myself. Look for details this summer.
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    I'll be at the SBE today

    I'll be walking around the SBE today (Saturday). If you see me, come on over and say hello. I don't bite. I'll be happy to take a look at your game if you'd like. No charge. If you don't know what I look like, check my facebook page. Or just remember, tall, blonde, curly hair, and you've got me.
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    ESPN Stream --- Smart TV

    I was able to stream the WPBA event on my computer after I logged into my cable company. I was also able to get to the ESPN 3 web site on my smart TV but when I clicked on the WPBA event, the screen stayed black and wouldn't stream. I tried doing some research online and couldn't find a...
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    Background Checks and Certified Instructors

    Should background checks be mandatory for Certified Instructors? I had a background check done on myself and I keep it handy, especially when I'm being interviewed by parents to teach their child. Certain organizations require teachers or people who work with kids to have a background check...
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